The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

28 March 2011

PWDs win battle for right to 20% discount on medicines

By: Cathy Genovia, ASP Volunteer

“Ang desisyon ng Mercury Drug na ipapatupad ang 20% discount sa gamot ay isang malaking tulong sa mga pamilyang tulad namin na may anak na may autismo, lalo na sa mga magulang na nangangailangan ng pang araw araw na maintenance na gamot ng kanilang anak.” -- Mary Grace Adviento, ASP National President.

(The decision of Mercury Drug Store to implement the 20% discount for medicines is a welcome news to people with autism, who rely on daily maintenance of medicines – a big help to the parents and family members, dealing with autism.)
Ms. Grace Adviento

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) finally get justice on 1 March 2011, from the long wait on claiming their legal rights as per the provision is stated in RA 9442, or the Magna Carta for PWDs, granting at least 20% discount for the purchase of medicines (branded or unbranded generic) in all drugstores/establishments dispensing medicines for the exclusive use or enjoyment of PWDs.

A press conference was held at Max’s Restaurant in Quezon City Memorial Circle. The said press conference was attended by different PWD Group Leaders, Hon. Arturo Robes, Chairperson, House of Representative, Commission on Social Services, Ms. Kitt, representative of Hon. Walden Bello of AKBAYAN Party List. Atty Edsel Manuel, Mercury Drug Corporation representative, read the statement on the grant of PWD discount.

At 1:30PM of the same day, at the Mitra Hall of House of Representatives, the MOA signing of the said agreement was being witnessed by different PWD leaders and media. A six month moratorium was appealed by Mercury Drug store to fully implement the law, to facilitate discount on all medicines and medical supply purchases and the House of Representatives Committee on Social Services required Mercury Drug Store submission of a bi-monthly report regarding the compliance of RA 9442.

For more information on how to claim your PWD discount, click here.


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